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Benozzo Gozzoli Museum, Castelfiorentino (Florence), Italy

Thursday 30 Jun 2011

Preserving Renaissance art

project Massimo Mariani - photo Alessandro Ciampi 
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Italian Architects build a museum to house the frescos of Benozzo Gozzoli 

A building was needed to house two tabernacles and their sinopsies by Italian Renaissance painter Benozzo Gozzoli which waited a long time, in the civic library, for a permanent home.

To create the museum in the historic centre of Castelfiorentino, in Tuscany, a building from the 1960s was demolished between the train station and the Oratorio San Carlo. The new design of the building, with a total area of about 400 sq m, closely follows the ground footprint of the demolished building, detached from the surroundings buildings, forming a square like shape.

The building is rooted to the ground with a functional base, a shaped island, which solves the problem of urban furnishing (benches, flower-pot, etc..). The curvilinear base  which runs around the building, can also be used as a seating area, a playing area for children and a stage for small outdoor theatrical events.

Requested by the local municipality, the building is entirely coated in bricks as it matches the materials and finishes of some local churches. The ground floor is characterized in part by a low ceiling, it's a shaded area which quickly runs to the full-height space, where the Tabernacolo della Visitazione is situated, under a cascade of natural light. On the first floor, recessed into the corner-wall, is where the Tabernacolo della Madonna della Tosse can be found.

The staircase linking the floors, became a visual path, framing the tabernacles, now outside the original context. It stops on the first floor, and then restarts on the opposite, reaching an educational room on the second floor. The building, due to its small size, retains something domestic, it's like a home studio where Benozzo Gozzoli seems to join us to visit these frescos while he's still working on them.

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Status onsite
Value 1000000.00(m€)
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